Controversial preacher who is wanted in India for money laundering charges, Zakir Naik, had started a wave of controversies last week after he said Malaysian Indians are not loyal to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir and Malaysian Chinese should “go back” to their original country before he does.
Among the Ministers, one of them is Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran − and Zakir demands Kulasegaran to apologize for defaming him, Harian Metro reported.
The letter of demand was filed by the defence lawyer of former premier Najib Razak, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, as well as Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kadir.
It demanded Kulasegaran to issue his apology in 48 hours and pay up suitable compensation for the injury of his reputation.
Zakir said Kulasegaran’s press release, titled “Zakir Naik’s presence in Malaysia is embarrassing to all Malaysians”, painted him as if he is a dishonest person who would abuse the Islamic religion for his own gain and accused him of claiming Malaysian Hindus are unloyal to the Malaysian government.
“In addition, our client is accused of having dubious motives to divide the population and harmony of Malaysians. This slanderous statement against Zakir is malicious and hateful.
“We are directed to state that such defamatory statements are baseless, fabricated, untrue and misleading. They defame our reputation and credibility and embarrass our client,” representing law firm Akberdin & Co said in defence of Zakir.
Besides that, The Edge reported Zakir had, in a police report, named deputy Penang chief minister P Ramasamy, former diplomat Datuk Dennis J Ignatius, Klang MP Charles Santiago and Bagan Dalam assemblyman M Satees for making defamatory statements about him.
Here are the alleged defamatory remarks by the four parties:
- Ramasamy: An article titled ‘Naik should not question loyalty of Hindus in Malaysia’ dated Aug 13 that was published on Free Malaysia Today.
- Ignatius: A report titled ‘Why empower a demagogue like Zakir Naik?’ published on Free Malaysia Today on Aug 13.
- Santiago: A Facebook posting titled ‘Wednesday cabinet meeting must discuss Zakir Naik’s meddling into politics’ and a similar article carried by Malaysiakini.
- Satees: An article titled ‘Lawmaker fumes after Zakir suggests Hindus here supports Modi over Dr M’ published by Malaysiakini on Aug 13.
Zakir said the four, as well as Kulasegaran, had quoted him out of context and manipulated his speech to portray him for causing communal disharmony “when in actuality they are the ones who have been instigating the public and inciting communical disharmony for their own political mileage”.
PAS defends Zakir Naik feverishly
Meanwhile, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had emerged to defend Zakir, claiming “only hypocritical Muslims” would stand against Zakir.
Since Zakir is an evangelist, Abdul Hadi said it is all Muslims’ duty to defend him.
The Islamic party president said more than a million PAS members would protect Zakir from hostility, adding that various Muslim groups and parties are on their side too.
“Only hypocritical Muslims or those with no faith will act as though they cannot differentiate between red and green lights.
“Do not run the red light because the brotherhood of Muslims is above citizenship and crosses boundaries of country and race,” Abdul Hadi wrote on a Facebook post.
“Muslims who are not well versed in the religion, should they speak, are like a bottle with little water which makes much noise swishing around.
“A full bottle does not make much noise.”
PAS central committee member Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz also echoed the same, claiming that only enemies of Islam want Zakir to be deported.
“No Muslim would agree that he be booted out of the country unless he is a hypocrite and a sinner.
“Non-Muslims who work to shoo Zakir out of the country will do so if they are enemies of Islam. Those who support the enemies of Islam are stooges,” he said.
Police banned Zakir’s Perlis talk
Malay Mail reported hours ago (Aug 16) that Zakir and his family will not be allowed to speak at Al Hussain mosque, Kuala Perlis for his “Malaysia Reverts Camp” forum.
FeedMe Malaysia previously covered that Zakir, including his son, daughter and wife, would all take turns to share a stage to talk about various topics while also having open Q&A sessions with the crowd.
Senior Assistant Commissioner Noor Mushar Mohd said action will be taken against the fugitive preacher if he does talk on the stage in the three-day event.
Police will investigate Zakir under Section 504
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said those who spread fake news and make racist statements lately will be called into questioning.
Muhyiddin said Zakir, as well as educationist group Dong Zong and tycoon Koon Yew Yin, will be investigated under Section 504, which covers insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, Malaysiakini reported.
“I wish to remind everyone, including non-Malaysian citizens, that enforcement agencies under my ministry will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone who threatens the harmony and public order of the country,” said the Minister, who is in charge of the Royal Malaysia Police.
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